Following the associations AGM a new committee has been nominated and approved, and the Special Resolution to adopt the updated Constitution was approved.
The new committee is as follows
President – Kim O’Donnell
Kim joined the Association in August 2022 when she answered the volunteer call to become a Support Group Leader for her area in the Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley Region. Kim worked through the online training modules and set up fortnightly zoom support meetings every fortnight. Join her Facebook group to be notified of new meetings and access to the zoom meeting link. You can check out the group HERE Everyone is welcome wherever you live. Kim runs her family brickworks business and has a background in counselling. She has also donated a dedicated mobile line so anyone with trigeminal neuralgia, who needs to gain support, can call at any time. The number is 0402 982 118
Vice President – Helen Tyzack
Helen was elected in 2022 in this position and retains the Vice Presidency this year. Helen has immense experience in business and administration and has professionalised the associations data and communication management. Helen also runs the Tasmanian Support Group and interacts with all external stakeholders. She also designs, writes and publishes the quarterly newsletter.
Treasurer – Angelo Trovato
Angelo has again taken on the role of the treasurer, ensuring all monies received are appropriately recorded and both the CBA and PayPal accounts are managed in accordance with the ACNC guidelines. Angelo has held this position for 10 years. We would love a volunteer to consider nominating for this position next year.
Secretary – Sarah Wilkinson
Sarah joined the committee last June and has contributed hugely adding information to various Facebook groups around the country. She is also working on geo mapping our membership with the long-term aim to create local visual networks for TN sufferers to connect using a Buddy System. She has taken on the role as Secretary this year.
General Committee Member – Peter Gough
Peter has been a committee member for many years and is also the Gold Coast Support Group Leader. Peter has a background in education and currently manages the Associations official Facebook page.
General Committee Member – Nora English
Nora has again nominated for the committee. Her background in Occupational Therapy has provided advice to enable TN sufferers the best way to approach life. Nora has served on the committee since 2020 and is also the Sunshine Coast Support Group Leader.
General Committee Member – Haley Plaza
Haley is located in Townsville and is a nurse. She has huge knowledge around the workings of the health system and is keen to provide advocacy for all TN sufferers. She was heavily involved with the Light Up In Teal International Event on October 7th, photographing all of the Townsville landmarks which were lit up and featured in an article in the local newspaper. We welcome her to the committee.
General Committee Member – Susan Leaman